[IMAGE CREDIT: Lake County Clerk of Court]
[Original Publish Date: 02/06/20]
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TAVARES, Florida — The Lake County Clerk’s Office has two more awards to hang on its wall.
For the 38th year running, the office was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR) and also awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting (PAFR) for the ninth consecutive year. Both awards were given to the office by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United State and Canada (GFOA.)
Lake County Clerk of Court and Comptroller Gary Cooney said his finance department does a tremendous job compiling and reviewing these financial documents so Lake County residents can know and understand the county’s finances.
“I am so grateful to have a very talented staff who is dedicated to upholding the high standards recognized by the awards,“ Cooney told Lake Legal News. “It is our goal to keep Lake County citizens well informed about the financial condition of their county. My office never loses sight of the fact the finances we manage each day are ultimately the finances of the citizens.”
The CAFR includes the financial statements of each major county office, dependent special districts and smaller agencies in the county and the PAFR is a summarized report of the financials. Judging for the awards is performed by an independent panel.
Our Editor-in-Chief, Marilyn M. Aciego, began writing for Lake Legal News in 2010. Born and raised in Lake County, she is a graduate of Umatilla High School and Lake-Sumter State College. She started her journalism career at LSSC, where she was editor of both student publications, The Angler and The Odyssey. Her professional career began at the Daily Commercial in 2004 where she covered cops and courts the majority of her time there until she left in 2009. Currently, along with being Editor-in-Chief of Lake Legal News, she is the Florida bureau chief for an international media organization. She has made more than two dozen appearances on live national television, including Nancy Grace and the Greta Van Susteren show, along with her appearance on Evil Twins. Contact her with breaking news, tips, and feedback by sending an e-mail to 352Tips@gmail.com. You can also contact us on our Facebook page — and make sure you “Like” and “Follow us” there. [PHOTO CREDIT: Bonnie Whicher]